COVID-19: unions worried about the return of asymptomatic infected staff

COVID-19: unions worried about return of asymptomatic infected staff

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Three unions representing healthcare workers quickly stepped up to the plate on Tuesday and expressed concerns about Quebec's decision to retain healthcare workers infected with COVID-19.

The Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN), the Fédération de la santé du Québec (FSQ-CSQ) and the Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec (FIQ) recalled that the priority is to protect workers. health.

“The network is not prepared to face the risks of the government’s decision to bring asymptomatic infected staff back to work. At present, we are not even able to test the personnel in their work environment, ”Réjean Leclerc, president of the FSSS-CSN, said Tuesday in a press release.

The unions have demanded in particular the implementation of staff screening measures in health establishments, but also to focus on ventilation and focus on access to personal protective equipment.

“We understand the emergency context and the staff shortage affecting our public health network, but the measures announced [Tuesday] aimed at retaining health workers who have contracted COVID include a number of risks ”, insisted the president of the FSQ-CSQ, Isabelle Dumaine.

“ Even today, the ministry is struggling to put in place minimum preventive measures and the N95 inventories have not been completed . This is nonsense! ” declared Julie Bouchard, President of the FIQ.

For his part, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, assured during his press briefing that it was about a “risk management issue”.

“There are now infection control and protection measures in the health network that were not in place even in the first wave, that is the first difference,” added Mr. Dubé. , while specifying that nearly 98% of health workers are fully vaccinated.

“Yes, indeed, in an ideal world, we do not bring sick people into one environment, but at the same time , people need care ”, also argued the national director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda. & nbsp;

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